SPRINGFIELD, Mo. –
The Missouri State Bears will take the diamond in Kansas City for the first time in 12 years this spring after reaching an agreement with the University of Iowa to renew their baseball rivalry with a March 14 neutral-field contest at the Kansas City Urban Youth Academy.
The 4 p.m. contest will represent the Bears' first appearance in the Show-Me State's second-largest city as an NCAA Division I program and its first game inside the city limits of Kansas City since 1973. MSU last ventured into the greater Kansas City metropolitan area in 2006, when the Bears met Kansas State at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan.
Missouri State will bring a five-game win streak in the series with Iowa into the contest. The Bears swept a three-game set at Hammons Field in 2016, after nipping the Hawkeyes in a pair of tightly-contested NCAA Regional showdowns in Springfield in May 2015. MSU holds a commanding 39-15 overall edge in the series, including a 5-1 mark in neutral-field matchups.
Completed just this winter, the Kansas City Urban Youth Academy is a 40,000-square-foot indoor training facility, coupled with four state-of-the-art diamonds at Parade Park near the legendary 18th and Vine District. The Academy's goal is to serve approximately 800-1,000 youth per year, ages 6-18, providing free, year-round baseball and softball instruction and play, including hosting tournaments, coaching clinics and skills camps. The Academy also aims to provide youth with access to tutoring programs, college prep classes, college and career fairs, financial literacy and internship programs, courses teaching math through the use of baseball statistics and MLB industry alternative career workshops. Youth will also have opportunities to be involved in drug resistance and gang-prevention programs and healthy lifestyle classes.
Admission will be free and open to the public, with additional details about the contest available on MissouriStateBears.com
as they are finalized.
Missouri State's 2018 baseball schedule now features a total of 53 games, including 24 home dates and matchups against seven different 2017 NCAA Tournament teams. In all, the Bears are slated to play 23 games against 12 different opponents that rated among the NCAA's top 125 RPI-finishers a year ago, including 13 contests against NCAA Regional qualifiers.
The Bears will open their 2018 slate Feb. 16 against Texas Southern as part of the Cardinal Classic in Beaumont, Texas. Both 2018 season ticket packages and single-game tickets are on sale now through the MSU Athletics box office. For additional season ticket information or to place your order in person, visit the Old Missouri Bank Ticket Window at JQH Arena during normal box office hours, call (417) 836-7678 or (888) 476-7849 (toll-free). Requests may also be placed online through MissouriStateBears.com
, or by calling Duane Miller
at (417) 836-8899.